Possible delays on US 2 in Tumwater Canyon

 The Chelan County Public Utilities District has announced that a maintenance project at the fishway at Tumwater Dam initially scheduled for November will now begin the week of December 7th. The project was delayed due to unusually high water which has now receded.  The work will require intermittent, one-lane closures of eastbound Highway 2. November.

Chelan PUD will temporarily divert the river to allow crews to reinforce and stabilize the entrance of the fishway with concrete. Fish passage will be maintained during most of the $370,000 project. The viewing platform will be closed to the public.


 With Covid-19 preventing the annual fundraising efforts of the LWFR Auxiliary, an online auction is now underway to supplant the lost revenue of the yard sale and pancake breakfast.   Go to the link below, take a look at these great items and put in a bid or two to support your local fire department and auxiliary……




Power outage in area

Power went out in the entire Lake Wenatchee area about 4:00 PM this afternoon. The PUD estimates restoration of power about 10PM tonight……………….

UPDATE:  Power was restored to the North Shore area about 11:30 PM and to the South Shore area at 2:30 AM.

Pre-view to LWFR Auxiliary on-line Holiday auction

This has been a tough year for our fire department as it has been for so many in different ways. In addition to the unanticipated significant expense of having to purchase personal protective gear and other supplies to cope with the Covid-19 virus, the funding the Auxiliary has raised annually for the firefighters largely went away this year with the inability to hold either the annual yard sale or pancake breakfast.

To supplant the lost funding of these two events,  the Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Auxiliary will be hosting an on-line auction, offering many unique items that would be great to have in your home or buy as gifts. Bidding will begin on these items on December 1st but they can be viewed prior to the start of bidding at https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fwww.32auctions.com%2forganizations%2f75267%2fauctions%2f92822%3fr%3d1%26t%3dall&c=E,1,zUkfe-5jWnuXNCVkNMHFdlP82K_cw-TBu8wXVKtzCxodcgCDJtnEh573E7kzsob7W0GZQgVSfaWn4LDUosk1N61IFRsNDo3pl5yTxLcNyigvnpJWOey2d9ut&typo=1

Please take a look at these offered items and be ready on December 1st to be part of this fun and worthwhile event.

 From Cascade Medical Center Nov 16th: Cascade Medical will not be able to perform COVID “travel testing”, or pre-emptive testing prior to a holiday event. We will be able to test you if you are symptomatic OR have had a high-risk exposure. Why? Click the link to find out more.




Thank you, Veterans………

 Mick Lamar of Plain continued his annual Veterans Day roadside salute to veterans this year. Thank you, Veterans, and thank you, Mick!

Heavy snow in forecast Thursday-Saturday


* WHAT...Heavy snow possible for The Cascade Crest including
  Highway 2 between Coles Corner and Stevens Pass. Total snow
  accumulations of 1 to 3 feet will be possible through this time.
  Winds could gust as high as 40 mph south of Lake Chelan Friday

* WHERE...Mazama, Stehekin, Stevens Pass, Plain, and Holden

* WHEN...From Thursday afternoon through late Friday night.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible including
  over Stevens Pass along Highway 2. The hazardous conditions
  could impact the morning or evening commute. Strong winds could
  cause tree damage.

US Highway 2 traffic advisory………..

The Chelan County Public Utilities District has announced a maintenance project at the fishway at Tumwater Dam will require intermittent, one-lane closures of eastbound Highway 2 starting in late November.

The PUD is also planning an 8-hour, one-lane closure of eastbound Highway 2 in mid-December, depending on weather conditions and river flows.

Chelan PUD will temporarily divert the river to allow crews to reinforce and stabilize the entrance of the fishway with concrete. Fish passage will be maintained during most of the $370,000 project. The viewing platform will be closed to the public.

The work is expected to continue through January 2021. If weather or river flows delay the project this fall, the work may last into February or March 2021.

Tumwater Dam was originally constructed at the turn of the century to provide clean energy for trains travelling through the long tunnel at Stevens Pass. Chelan PUD acquired the dam in the 1950s and rebuilt the fishway in its current configuration in the late 1980s.

The fishway at Tumwater Dam is instrumental in helping Chelan PUD  collect adult fish to meet its hatchery obligations under its Habitat Conservation Plans for Rocky Reach and Rock Island hydro projects. It is also an important site for fish study for several agencies, including Yakama Nation Fisheries, state Fish and Wildlife and Grant PUD.

The Chelan County Board of Commissioners’ third work session  on Short Term Vacation Rental regulation code drafting is scheduled for 1:00 PM today,  November 10th.  The Commissioners will continue their discussion of the draft STR regulation proposal submitted to them by the Planning Commission. It is not anticipated that comment will be taken from the public during this meeting.

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Chelan County Commissioner Bob Bugert will meet virtually with Lake Wenatchee/Plain area constituents in his monthly Coffee With Bob session this Friday, November 13,, at 9AM.  He plans to have as his guest Mike Kaputa, Director of the Chelan County Department of Natural Resources. These sessions have been well attended and lively so tune in with your questions or comments on any current Chelan County issues. This seems to work best with participants joining without their video operating and keeping microphones muted until you wish to speak.  Join us!!

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Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue was unable to sponsor Trunk or Treat this Halloween due to Covid-19 restrictions but Plain Hardware and Plain Grocery are making their parking lots available for folks that want to continue that tradition.